Anna's fast may not appear right now: Justice Verma
Appealing to Anna Hazare to end his fast in view of government's decision to discuss Jan Lokpal in Parliament, former chief justice of India J S Verma today said that after the move, continuation of the present impasse with the Gandhian's fast may not appear "reasonable".delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2011 21:48 IST
Appealing to Anna Hazare to end his fast in view of government's decision to discuss Jan Lokpal in Parliament, former chief justice of India J S Verma on Thursday said that after the move, continuation of the present impasse with the Gandhian's fast may not appear "reasonable".
Noting that Hazare's fast has reached a "critical stage", Verma said "the Prime Minister's statement made in the Lok Sabha today assuring discussion of the Jan Lokpal bill prepared by the Team Anna along with all versions of the Lok Pal bill......This is a very positive devlopment....
"In my view, there is no justification at least now for the continuance of the fast undertaken by Hazare and I appeal to him to end his fast forthwith in keeping with the national sentiments and concern for his health."
Verma had earlier written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to discuss the drafts already prepared by sections of civil society and in the public domain, including those by the Team Anna and the Aruna Roy team as the first step to end the imbroglio.
Singh had replied to Verma yesterday making it clear that parliamentary democracy cannot be undermined and that it is only after "due deliberation" that a law can be passed that not only meets the aspirations of the people but is also "practical and effective".
Singh had also asked him to use his good offices to appeal to Hazare to end his fast.
Asking Team Anna to persuade the Gandhian to end his fast, Verma said "I am afraid continuation of the present impasse with Hazare's fast may not appear reasonable and may even appear to be a disrespect for the national sentiment as well as for the democratic polity, including that of Parliament and the constitution."